“American Lass Studies at Source,” Milwaukee Journal, 1959.
In 1958, 27-year-old Mary Jeanne Bowen became the first student to take part in Marquette University’s Junior Year Abroad program. Bowen spent two semesters at University College in Dublin, Ireland and sent monthly letters to the study abroad program coordinator, Rev. Virgil C. Blum, to report on her experiences.
In February 1959 she wrote:
I found it very difficult at first to believe or get used to the fact that I had the accent. I thought every one else had one. Somehow it just never occurred to me to think of there being any such thing as an “American Accent.”
via: In the Spotlight, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries